England v Australia 2nd ODI – Just Cricket’s Post Match Commentary

2nd ODI Recap 

Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first since they were playing on the same pitch and was expected to get worse in the second innings. 

The Australian bowlers continued from where they left off in the first match. Jason Roy consciously tried to upset Hazlewood’s rhythm by moving around the crease but did last long as he got run out. Bairstow was dismissed to Starc as well once again leaving England in a spot of bother. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan struggled to get the scoreboard moving as the Australia pacers didn’t give anything away. At the 14 over mark, England had consumed 67 dot balls. With the bowling changes, as Stoinis came in, England started to accelerate but Zampa came into the attack soon after that and dismissed Root. From there, Australia kept chipping away as England were at 149/8 with just about 10 overs to go. Tom Curran and Adil Rashid then combined for a 76 runs partnership which really changed the game and took England to a decent first innings score of 231.

David Warner lost his wicket early in the chase once again to Jofra Archer who has not let him get away in this series. Marcus Stoinis who came in at 3 got off to a great start with a brilliant 6 early on but was dismissed by an accurate bouncer of Archer’s bowling. Aaron Finch was batting very well and Marnus Labuschagne who joined him looked in no trouble. Australia were cruising at 144/2 and should have closed the series. As Morgan brought back Archer and Woakes as a last throw of the dice, they got set into bowling a hard length at the stumps and it worked. It sparked another collapse as Australia went from 144/2 to 147/6. Archer and Woakes bowled their full quota of overs and got England back in the game. The new batsman who came in were not able to get going on this pitch as the required rate kept rising. Alex Carey got some momentum in the last 4 overs, but was not able to finish the innings as Australia were bowled out for 207.

England have now leveled the series and should be a cracker of a decider on September 16th. Jofra Archer got the man of the match for his hostile spell of 3/34. Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Aaron Finch and Adam Zampa did a great job as well.  

Just Cricket Thoughts 

After the first ODI, it was nice to see the England batsman attempt to upset the rhythm of bowlers, particularly Hazlewood. Jason Roy and Joe Root in particular used their feet well but unfortunately didn’t work out as well as they would have liked. England however will look back and would have liked to rotate strike a bit better early on. The dot ball percentage was very high. 

Aaron Finch managed his bowlers very well once again. He could have avoided the 2 overs that Stoinis balled at that stage since Australia had England under pressure and should have bowled his best bowlers. At the end of the innings, Australia didn’t bowl well. They bowled a bit too wide or full which allowed Adil Rashid and Tom Curran to get runs which was where Australia lost the game. 

In Australia’s batting innings, it was great to see the batsman go after Adil Rashid in spite of what has happened earlier in the tour. Taking on Rashid for runs will give Australia confidence going into the final match as well. 

Australia will have to address the middle order collapses. It was definitely not an easy pitch to bat on for new batsman, but they have had these middle order collapses earlier as well. That was the reason they lost the 1st T20 and hence the T20 series, and now again have let the opportunity to seal the series slip. 

Fast forward to Match 2

England have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2015 when Australia won 3-2. England will come out strong after this the victory in the second ODI whereas Australia will look to win this after going down in the T20 series.

Team selection 

Steve Smith was rested in the second ODI for precautionary reasons after passing the concussion test. However, he is expected to feature in the third ODI since there are two days in between to recover. Marcus Stoinis might have to miss out when Steve Smith comes back in.  

Australia Probable XI : 1) David Warner, 2) Aaron Finch (c), 3) Steve Smith, 4) Marnus Labuschagne, 5) Mitch Marsh, 6) Glenn Maxwell, 7) Alex Carey (wk), 8) Pat Cummins, 9) Mitchell Starc, 10) Adam Zampa, 11) Josh Hazlewood 

England will be tempted to play with the same combination after the victory but might also want to bring back Mark Wood for his pace if he is available.

England Probable XI : 1) Jason Roy, 2) Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3) Joe Root, 4) Eoin Morgan (c), 5) Sam Billings, 6) Jos Buttler (c), 7) Chris Woakes, 8) Sam Curran, 9) Adil Rashid, 10) Jofra Archer, 11) Mark Wood

Key To success for Match 3:

Australia –  Steve Smith, Adam Zampa 

England – Joe Root, Adil Rashid

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